Ever wanted to dine in a restaurant with a couple of Kat von D’s behind the grill? Well, you can! In Rotterdam, on the Meent, at Burgertrut (Dutch for: ‘Bourgeois-bitch’ [sic]). Don’t let the name fool you, these tough ladies will serve the most exhilarating and healthy burgers that we at gROwDAM have tasted yet. Burgertrut will change everything you think you’ve known about burgers. Mainly because they have a large range of vegetarian patties, and fresh, pure juices to go along with them.
Burgertrut is part of an art initiative called Roodkapje Rottterdam (Yes three T’s, why? Nobody knows!). Right next to the restaurant you can step into a world of artistic expression, and extrinsic experimentation. Roodkapje Rottterdam is engaged with all facets of art, and provides quickly changing exhibitions, that are both approachable as well as critical.
On top of their soft spot for culture, Burgertrut takes care of the world we live in. Their produce is either organic, local, seasonal, Fair Trade, or animal friendly. Full but not done eating? Doggybag! Another important asset: The toilets are water-smart.
Quickly back to gastronomy! Whether you order the “Seitanic Kebabs”, (Seitan skewers with fresh mixed salad and a dangerous garlic-coriander-yoghurt dip), or the “What’s up doc?” (A carrot burger on a bed of julienne salad and curry sauce topped with cheese all between a crisp bun) doesn’t matter, you know you are eating original, high quality food, that you don’t even have to feel guilty about. Besides these health crunches, you have your regular (organic) beef burger and your classic cheeseburger (“Texas Cheese Massacre”). The prices are very fair, and definitely student proof (all veggie burgers €5,50). Besides that, their well-earned profit entirely goes to Roodkapje, so you are doing good yourself and the Arts at the same time. All in a low key setting, with a different bouquet of flamboyant flowers on every table, a great open kitchen to behold the fierce grilling, and a very pettable doorkeeper (their brave Jack Russell).
There is only one point of critique for Burgertrut and that is the absence of a terrace. As a compensation, they throw open their front door for some fresh air. Welcome, but with this beautiful weather people are going to want a little UV. So I’m going to use this opportunity to say: Kat, put some of those solid picnic tables on the pavement, and we will come running for your burgers like there is no tomorrow!
Tuesdays from 17.00 till 22.00
Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11.30 till 22.00
Sundays from 14.00 till 20.00